Which Tool for Cutting Edge Banding Works Best?
I use a lot of edge banding in projects on the exposed edges of plywood. A cutter specifically for cutting edge banding, to me, is a necessity. There are several cutters on the market but which one works the best? Well, I’ll tell you…
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The first cutter I’d like to talk about is the Band-It Edge Trimmer. This is a single blade cutter that cuts in either direction. It gives a clean cut but it is really hard to keep it positioned on the edge of the material. It is inexpensive and works pretty well. Replacement blades are also available inexpensively.
The next cutter is from Milescraft and uses regular razor blades. This trimmer cuts in either direction as well as around corners. Can’t get any easier than that, right? I did have the same problem as I did with the Band-It trimmer – I had a hard time keeping it aligned with the edge of the material but that is something a little practice could help with!
The last cutter is one of my favorites – the Double Edge Trimmer. This cutter is great because it makes two cuts per single pass. In other words, the first blade trims the edge banding close to the material while the second blade cuts a mini bevel on the edge. I find that when I use this cutter to trim edge banding, the edge banding blends into the material better making it look more like a solid piece of wood. I like to separate the halves and use them individually. I feel I have better control over the cutter and have no problems keeping it flush with the material. Replacement blades are also readily available.
Each of us will have our own way of cutting edge banding. Some may use a fancy cutter and some may use a plain ol’ X-Acto knife! Use whatever method works for you!